Access to free birth control pills from age 12 is becoming ever closer in France. Emmanuel Macron’s government wants to extend the free provision of contraceptive methods to children under the age of 15 years, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

If the draft bill on French Social Security financing for 2020 is passed, French children will be able to access free contraceptives when they reach 12 years of age. In parallel, Paris also wants to improve sex education in schools so that young people are better informed.

The pill and other contraceptives have been free in France for young people aged between 15 and 17 years since 2013, upon presentation of a prescription and their social security card. Young people do not need to ask for their parents’ consent to visit a doctor or to obtain contraceptives in the pharmacy and are guaranteed medical confidentiality if they so wish (see more HERE).